Is your computer like mine--an unorganized collection of forms you have tried
to create and collect to have everything you need to run your home and school
in an organized manner? Are you a parent-teacher like me, spending more time
creating charts than utilizing them? If so, the solution you have been waiting
for has finally arrived! As I looked through the 375 pages of The 2009
Schoolhouse Planner, I just kept repeating the words "Yes!" and "Finally!" Everything
I need for home and school in one file.
The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner is the most comprehensive planner,
not just for your school year but for your life! This downloadable e-book
is so much more than a planner. Full of interesting articles, information
links, and forms it is a resource that will be used until you have an
empty nest! One of the best features of this e-book is that it is a
downloadable file, so you don't have to wait for it to come in the mail!
That means you can print the forms as many times as you need to. I call
it an e-Planner!
Most planners have a "month at a glance" section, but if you are like me, you
need lots of room to write in appointments and reminders. I really appreciated
the double-page spread for each month. Typing in appointments and birthdays right
on the computer was quick and easy. Using the Comment & Markup tool bar was so
much fun; highlighting and circling important dates made it personal. I was so
thrilled with the resulting calendar that I printed copies for myself, my husband,
the children, and their grandparents!
Each month in the calendar has a theme with articles, resource lists, and recipes.
I was so impressed to open it up and find an article by Steve Demme, author of
MathUSee. Well known author, Amanda Bennett is an article contributor as well.
I enjoyed every article, as they are well thought out and written about useful
information. Each recipe has a link to the contributor's blog or website, so
if you really like the recipe you can go have a look. The resource list has links
to point you to quality products for each particular topic. You could almost
say it's a curriculum, there's so much information included!
The planner has every form you will need to have a successful and organized school
year and an orderly home! Believe me when I say every form; I really mean it!
I was amazed to find forms that I had never thought of, because I consider myself
to be the queen of planning forms! Just to name a few, it has goal setting forms,
curriculum planning sheets, attendance records, contact information sheets, budget
planning sheets, grocery lists, schedules for one or many children, chore charts,
high school transcript forms, and community service records. Some of the forms
will help you to prepare for the year, set goals, and plan your curriculum. One
of my favorite forms is the beginning and ending page, where you can see how
much your child changed in one school year. The children will be really excited
when I give them each their own wish list sheets to fill out! But there is so
much more to the planner than planning! As I looked through the planner, my daughters
stood behind me watching and asking me if they could print this page or that
page for their own use, like the "Audio/Video Log" and "Crafts Completed This
Year." Personally, I will be printing and filling out the form "Directions to
New Places" for my husband!
This planner is a resource for your schoolwork as well; included are alphabet
copywork pages, nature journal pages, journaling pages, science lab sheets, and
book report forms for all grade levels that students can use over and over again.
For toddlers you will find helpful a preschool planner and educational activity
sheet. These will make it easy to think of ways to keep the toddlers occupied
during school time. The plans for making an activity box are priceless! Toddlers
will feel like a big kid with their very own chore charts with pictures of basic
chores like making the bed, getting dressed and brushing teeth to name a few.
The Prayer Journal not only has blank lines to fill in your prayer list, but
also has spouse, children and extended family written in to help us remember
to pray for them daily. Bible Reading plans come with little boxes that can be
checked off as they are read; you can print one for each member of the family
so you are all reading the same Bible passages every day, or even use them during
family devotional time!
Another benefit is all the information and planning tips included for college.
At a glance, parents can see exactly what they should be doing to get ready for
college, all with links to helpful websites. Each month has suggestions for freshmen,
sophomores, juniors, and seniors to keep high school students on track and give
parents much needed guidance. No more worrying about forgetting to do something
very important to plan for college.
There's not enough room to list them all, but other great resources are the timeline
of inventions, countries and their capitals, U.S. Presidents and their wives,
famous artists and composers, and a conversion cheat sheet (print and laminate
this one for your fridge!). My favorite resource is on lapbooks. In addition
to a list of lapbook supplies, there are many links to websites explaining how
lapbooks work. One link will take you to free lapbook templates that you can
download, and there are many more instructional links and freebies!
I am hooked! My only complaint is really a preference; if you are a vegetarian
you are not going to want to try these recipes! None of the recipes were vegan
(no eggs or cheese), and only one recipe out of 24 did not include meat. It would
have been encouraging to find a Meatless Monday meal or some interesting twist
on a vegetable dish.
Overall, you get a lot of bang for your buck in this planner, and pricewise it
is only slightly more than I paid for a paper version of a very inferior product
last year. Because the forms are reusable year after year, I would be more than
willing to pay the price for The TOS 2009 Schoolhouse Planner. There's
so much in this planner that I have dubbed it "The Planner of Highly Effective
Another review of the Planner:
The 2009 school year has organization written all over it, thanks to The
TOS 2009 Schoolhouse Planner. This 375-page e-book is packed full of articles,
recipes, teacher and student help lists, resource lists, and forms for everything
you could think of. The first half of this e-book is broken down by months.
Each month has calendar pages and a well-developed theme. July covers History.
August covers Math. September discusses Weather. October teaches Safety. November
addresses American Government. December teaches about the Planets. January
focuses on Letter Writing. February centers on the Life of Christ and Creation.
March discusses Greek and Latin. April covers Lap Books. May confronts the
challenging task of getting into College. Then June wraps up by teaching Geography
and showing the variety of ways homeschoolers teach around the world. For each
theme, the reader will find an article written by an expert in that particular
find articles by Michelle Miller from Truth Quest History, Steve Demme from MathUSee,
and many other well-known and widely respected homeschool speakers and suppliers.
You'll also find tip sheets and student help sheets for each of the mentioned
topics as well as a resource page of products you can purchase from The Old
Schoolhouse Store. Each monthly section also features a recipe for a yummy
meal that your family will be eager to enjoy.
After the monthly section, you will find tip sheets on everything from Famous
Composers to kitchen conversions. Next you'll find over 60 interactive forms for all of your homeschool needs. You can even type directly into the pages and print out or save what you need! You'll
also find over 40 household forms that organize information on appliances,
meal planning, and so much more. A complete A-Z Address Book concludes this
massively detailed planner.
It doesn't take long to see that the creators of The TOS
2009 Schoolhouse Planner worked very hard to top last year's very successful edition. This year's planner is bigger and better, and it accommodates all forms of homeschooling. Even unschoolers have a special form for planning their year. Hard work went into meeting the needs of all potential users. They have even added planner pages that enable the user to include up to five children on one page. The e-book is easy to download. Simply order, download, and print whatever is needed as you go. Don't
forget the ease of typing directly into the forms. I love that feature.
I love the amount of resources this product contains for the price. I think this a very affordable resource for all it includes. My favorite aspects are the interactive features and the homeschool talent they pooled for the monthly articles. It was so far beyond what I expected.
May's unit was my only glitch. The article was not really related to homeschoolers and would probably induce a panic attack in me if I had a teenager. The Getting into College list was a little unattainable for homeschoolers. Our teens won't have student elections or class clubs like public or private schools have, and some of the recommendations aren't
even attainable in co-op situations. I think this section could be a little
discouraging and potentially overwhelming to the parent of a high school student.
I would still recommend The TOS 2009 Schoolhouse Planner. The cost is
so incredible. You would be hard pressed to find anything else comparable at
such a good price. It's a planner, teacher guide, address book, cookbook, and
so much more. The
TOS 2009 Schoolhouse Planner really has it all!
And another review of the Planner:
Subtitled “Making a Plan for School and Home,” The 2009
Schoolhouse Planner, an interactive PDF, is a very comprehensive
teacher’s planner designed for the homeschool mom. The 375 pages
include year-at-a-glance calendars for 2009 through 2012, educational
themes for all the months (beginning with July), a myriad of miscellaneous
educational information, homeschool forms, and household forms.
Each month has a specific educational theme. For example, July is “The
Thirteen Colonies,” September is “Weather,” and January
is “Letter Writing.” The theme is introduced with an essay
by a well-known name in the field of education/homeschooling. Next there
is some sort of helpful information such as a fact sheet or instructions
that can be used in one’s homeschool. Next you’ll find a “Schoolhouse
Store Resource List” with descriptions and links for educational
products related to the month’s theme. Finally, two recipes (from
TOS staff) are included each month.
The Educational Information section is full of facts you may want to reference
(or even have your children memorize): famous composers, inventions timeline,
countries and capitals, kitchen conversions, measurement conversions, periodic
table of elements, United States and capitals, United States presidents,
their wives, important US documents, a history timeline, seven wonders
of the ancient and modern world, and famous artists.
The Homeschool Forms section of the planner has almost every type of form
you can imagine: planning forms for the entire year and all twelve years,
curriculum planning, goals; evaluation and record keeping forms, including
report cards, grading forms, and a high school transcript; daily and weekly
planning and scheduling forms for one to five children, Bible memory charts,
logs for keeping track of everything: audio/visual, reading, crafts, field
trips, extracurricular activities, nature journal pages and science lab
sheets, a discipleship recording sheet, unit study and unschooling forms,
a website/vendor log, and forms for co-op, support group, and outside class
information. Here are some other helpful forms they’ve included:
library items log, assignment sheet, attendance chart, community service
log, several book report forms, homeschool curriculum and supply inventory
sheets, preschool forms, and a wish list. It’s impossible to do the
planner justice without listing everything it contains. It’s almost
overwhelming until you realize that you only need to print out those forms
you want to use.
The Household Forms section is equally comprehensive: phone numbers, babysitter
info, health records, housekeeping reminder and schedule, home repairs/improvements
plan, daily schedule, grocery list, menu planners, food inventory, chore
charts, budget, gift wish list, Christmas card list, prayer journal, Bible
reading schedule/notes, dates to remember, gardening, password log, vacation
and party planning, car maintenance schedule, and address book. Again,
this is not a complete list of the forms available in this part of the
I was surprised by the recipe selection. Although there is one gluten-free
recipe and a couple of lighter recipes, for the most part the dishes are
rather high in fat. Because so many of us are on special diets or are simply
trying to eat better to improve our overall health these days, I was disappointed
in the choice of recipes. No nutritional information is included either.
The crayon or chalk-style font used for the planner, though cute, does
not lend itself to the professionalism one would expect for a high school
transcript or for some of the evaluation forms.
Planners, both household and teaching, are very personal things. My gut
feeling is that most women have already found or created the systems they
prefer to use. For example, I use Library Elf to track library items, a
prayer list in my Bible, a birthday calendar on my kitchen wall, a customized
grocery list on the refrigerator, a high school log book on the school
shelf, and a simple teachers’ daily plan book on my counter, to name
a few. These are tried and true methods that work for me, and it often
seems best to keep the different lists or logs where I actually use them
rather than all together in one notebook.
This planner is extremely broad in its scope, as if a homeschool helps
handbook, a family cookbook, a personal planner, a teacher’s plan
book, and a household notebook all collided. Veteran homeschoolers probably
already have their record keeping underway in some working format, but
newbies may well want to investigate The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner.